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MGO 642LEC Capstone: Integration of Business Functions

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020
Pre-Requisite: MGO 640.


MGO 644LEC Business Practice

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020
Pre-Requisite: MGO 640 And MGO 642.


Concentrations

Analytics Concentration

Analytics concentration students must take MGG 633, MGS 613, MGS 616 and two analytics elective courses from those listed under the electives tab:

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Required Courses

MGG 633LEC Model Managerial Process

Historically, managers have considered decision making as an art; something learned by trial and error; something based on creativity, judgment, intuition, and experience. This course gives you a structured way of attacking a wide range of real problems, using data-driven analysis to guide decision-making. We will consider how to think about and manage uncertainty and risk, how to translate data about the business into useful insights, how to put value on various courses of action, and how to generally make informed decisions. The main focus of the course will be on modeling decisions in the spreadsheet environment, illustrated by applications from operations, finance, marketing, and human resources. The approaches and techniques for decision-making are useful throughout the firm, both within functional areas and for the essential management challenge of working across functional boundaries.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


MGS 613LEC Database Mgmt Systems

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of database management systems (DBMS) and the skills needed to design and implement a relational database. Students will be introduced to data modeling concepts, modeling tools, the process of transforming conceptual models into relational database designs, and finally the steps needed to implement those designs. Emphasis is placed on Entity-Relationship diagramming, data normalization, database administration, and data definition, data manipulation and query development using Structured Query Language (SQL). Other topics covered include: object-oriented databases, database security and integrity, web/database integration, application development in a Client/Server environment, distributed databases, data warehousing, data mining and knowledge management via the Internet to support electronic commerce. Readings, lectures, interactive case assignments and a database design project reinforce the role of DBMS in supporting organizational systems, transaction processing and decision support applications.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019 | Summer 2019


MGS 616LEC Predictive Analytics

This course teaches the technical and managerial skills needed in developing predictive analytics applications which are used by customer-centric corporations - retail, financial, communication, and marketing groups - to help make decisions involving complex systems. The course concentrates on a set of well-known predictive analytics methods to support business decision making. Topics such as association rule mining, decision trees, neural networks, regression analysis and cluster analysis are covered in great depth. Extensive hands-on experience using software such as SAS Enterprise Miner is provided.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019 | Spring 2020


Fall 2019 (08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
22444 F1S LEC TR 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Norton 216 Smith, Sanjukta Das

Spring 2020 (01/27/2020 - 05/09/2020)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
15757 S2S LEC TR 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Frnczk 422 Gaia, Joana
11331 S1S LEC TR 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Frnczk 422 Gaia, Joana
19188 S3S LEC MW 3:30 - 4:50 p.m. Alfier 102 Smith, Sanjukta Das

Summer

For this concentration, you need to have foundational programming knowledge or to have taken non-credit bridge courses, either prior to beginning your MBA or during the summer of your first year, to give you a broad introduction to foundational analytics methods (e.g., SAS, R). You may select any two courses from the following list, or an alternative course approved by the chair of the MBA/MS program committee:

  • Basics of SAS programming (equivalent to the requirement of Base SAS Certificate)
  • Basics of R programming
  • Other programming skills (e.g., Python)

The School of Management does not offer courses for these subjects.  Faculty will recommend summer reading or materials.

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Finance Concentration

The Finance Concentration requires five courses total (15 credits), MGF 633 and four elective courses from those listed under the electives tab.

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Required course

MGF 633LEC Investment Management

This course provides students with a general understanding of the operation of capital markets and basic analytical tools of investment management. Specifically, the course covers such topics as principles of valuation, risk analysis, modern portfolio theory, Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), market microstructure, index models, arbitrage pricing models, bonds and common stocks valuation, efficient market hypotheses, investment management, and option pricing models.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019 | Spring 2020


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Health Care Management Concentration

The Health Care concentration requires five courses total (15 credits), MGH 641, MGH 642, and three electives from the courses listed under the electives tab.

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MGH 641SEM Business of Healthcare

This course is designed to be an overview of the health care industry and a framing of the severe challenges facing leaders in the field. It will take a business approach to the issues presented, but will always juxtapose financial issues with value creation. The course begins with a short look at classic economic principles, and why they do not always apply in health care, followed by a review of each component of the industry: government, health plans, employers, providers and suppliers.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


MGH 642SEM Innovators in Health Care

The class will focus on the major challenges facing the healthcare industry and innovative solutions being developed across the country. We will start with the qualities of the innovator and how they can be learned; we will then move on to an in-depth look at major innovation evaluation models, with specific focus on innovations in hospitals, physician practice, chronic disease, and personal health.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


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Information Assurance Concentration

The Information Assurance concentration requires five courses total (15 credits), MGS 650, MGS 651, MGS 610 and two electives from the courses listed under the electives tab.  Once complete, students must complete The Graduate School approval form to receive the certificate.

*For the UB Advanced Graduate Certificate Program in Information Assurance, refer to this link: https://cse.buffalo.edu/caeiae/advanced_certificate_program.htm


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Required Courses

MGS 610LEC Digital Forensics

This is an introductory course in Digital Forensics where students will learn how to acquire, authenticate and analyze digital evidence. Technical and managerial topics will be explored, providing students with both theoretical and practical hands-on experience using forensic equipment and software. The additional topics of E-Discovery, Data Retention, Litigation, Internal Investigations, Regulatory Compliance and Incident Response will also be discussed within the context of Digital Forensics. EnCase, Access Data FTK and other open source forensic software programs are used in this course.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


Spring 2020 (01/27/2020 - 05/08/2020)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
24384 S2S LEC W 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Clemen 120 Unknown
15850 S1S LEC W 6:30 - 9:20 p.m. Obrian 109 Sellitto, Dominic Michael

MGS 650LEC Information Assurance

This is an interdisciplinary course in Information Assurance that has two primary objectives: 1) to introduce students to fundamental concepts, terminologies, IA models and practices. 2) to view how different fields of disciplines interact in this area. The course will familiarize students with the technical, legal, socio-political, and managerial issues of IA. Broadly, the issues that we will cover in this course include: security investigation and analysis; ethical, legal, and professional aspects of Information assurance; risk management and implementation and maintenance of information assurance.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019
Pre-Requisite: MGS 602.


Fall 2019 (08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
18818 F2S LEC TR 5 - 6:20 p.m. Nsc 222 Cleary, Kevin Patrick

MGS 651LEC Managing Computer Networks

The area of computer networks is currently the fastest growing part of the MIS world. This course will discuss concepts in the management of computer networks. It is an introductory course which will discuss issues in designing computer networks, administration, network operating systems and network interconnection alternatives. A hardware lab on networking will provide a "hands-on" part of the course. The course will provide the MBA (MIS concentration) student with the foundation skills to develop a career in the field of networks through their exposure to network administration, design, pricing, etc. In addition, the hardware lab for hands on network administration is unique and is not available for student use anywhere else on campus. Course topics will be drawn from: introduction to microcomputers and Local Area Networks; LAN hardware, systems software, and installation; LAN administration; Wide Area Networks; and emerging technologies.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020
Pre-Requisite: MGS 602 Or MGS 607 Or MGS 650.


Spring 2020 (01/27/2020 - 05/09/2020)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11332 S1S LEC M 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Frnczk 422 Border, Charles B

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Information Systems and E-Business Concentration

The Information Systems and E-Business concentration requires six courses (18 courses) as a primary concentration, MGS 602, MGS 613, MGS 614, MGS 616, MGS 655 and one elective from the courses listed under the elective tab.

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Required Courses

MGS 602LEC Global IT Infrastructure Mgmt

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of business data communications. The objective of the course is to provide students with a firm foundation for covering more advanced topics in subsequent courses. The student will develop an understanding of networks including the internet and the development of World Wide Web based applications. The course will also cover the basic principles of network operating systems concepts and the role of network operating systems in developing Web applications. The course includes extensive coverage of business telecommunication including voice and data. Coverage is extended to coding and digitizing, modems, protocols, and network architectures as well as management aspects. Cases on telecommunications and electronic commerce, as well as current readings, will also be part of the pedagogy.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


Fall 2019 (08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12132 F1S LEC MW 5 - 6:20 p.m. Capen 262 Katerinsky, Alan A

MGS 613LEC Database Mgmt Systems

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of database management systems (DBMS) and the skills needed to design and implement a relational database. Students will be introduced to data modeling concepts, modeling tools, the process of transforming conceptual models into relational database designs, and finally the steps needed to implement those designs. Emphasis is placed on Entity-Relationship diagramming, data normalization, database administration, and data definition, data manipulation and query development using Structured Query Language (SQL). Other topics covered include: object-oriented databases, database security and integrity, web/database integration, application development in a Client/Server environment, distributed databases, data warehousing, data mining and knowledge management via the Internet to support electronic commerce. Readings, lectures, interactive case assignments and a database design project reinforce the role of DBMS in supporting organizational systems, transaction processing and decision support applications.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019 | Summer 2019


Fall 2019 (08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12271 F1S LEC MW 2 - 3:20 p.m. Frnczk 454 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
12043 F2S LEC MW 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Frnczk 454 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
19834 F3S LEC TR 3:30 - 4:50 p.m. Nsc 218 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad

Summer 2019 (06/24/2019 - 08/16/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12789 I1S LEC MW 1 - 4 p.m. Alfier 103 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad

MGS 614LEC Systems Analysis & Design

This course provides an introduction to the systems development life cycle (SDLC) emphasizing the recent adaptive approaches to SDLC, such as the unified process life cycle and agile methods. The course focuses on the disciplines of business modeling, requirements analysis, and logical design and utilizes the Unified Modeling Language (UML) for analysis, modeling, and design of business-oriented information systems. Information assurance issues of system controls and security are covered with respect to their impact on system requirements and design models.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


Spring 2020 (01/27/2020 - 05/09/2020)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
19661 S3S LEC TR 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Jacobs 122 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
15754 S2S LEC F 1 - 3:50 p.m. Jacobs 110 Basile, Jennifer Lynn
11330 S1S LEC TR 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Jacobs 122 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad

MGS 616LEC Predictive Analytics

This course teaches the technical and managerial skills needed in developing predictive analytics applications which are used by customer-centric corporations - retail, financial, communication, and marketing groups - to help make decisions involving complex systems. The course concentrates on a set of well-known predictive analytics methods to support business decision making. Topics such as association rule mining, decision trees, neural networks, regression analysis and cluster analysis are covered in great depth. Extensive hands-on experience using software such as SAS Enterprise Miner is provided.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019 | Spring 2020


Fall 2019 (08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
22444 F1S LEC TR 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Norton 216 Smith, Sanjukta Das

Spring 2020 (01/27/2020 - 05/09/2020)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
15757 S2S LEC TR 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Frnczk 422 Gaia, Joana
11331 S1S LEC TR 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Frnczk 422 Gaia, Joana
19188 S3S LEC MW 3:30 - 4:50 p.m. Alfier 102 Smith, Sanjukta Das

MGS 655LEC Distributed Computing and Big Data Technologies

Large scale computing environments aggregate resources from many autonomous computers to satisfy the information processing needs of modern enterprises. This course introduces techniques for creating functional, usable, high-performance distributed systems. Objectives are twofold: (1) gain a solid understanding of the technical issues, concepts and systems in the rapidly advancing technologies in distributed computing, and (2) acquire substantial knowledge on how to work with big data in distributed environments. The course is organized into two parts: study of DCS technologies, and study of large scale systems. We will discuss communication and networking services, application support services, large scale distributed system design, data management and interoperability of systems including consistency and data replication. Students will learn to use a framework for data intensive distributed applications (Apache Hadoop) and an associated parallel programming model, MapReduce.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


Fall 2019 (08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
19835 F3S LEC MW 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Frnczk 454 Dutta, Haimonti

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International Management Concentration

The International Management concentration requires four total courses (12 credits), MGO 680, MGO 633 and two electives from the courses listed under the electives tab.

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Required Courses

MGO 633LEC Global Operations Management

This course deals with design, control, and operation of supply chains for competing effectively in the context of global operations management. Both manufacturing and service (such as health care) industry supply chains are covered. The topics covered include: state-of-the-art qualitative and quantitative techniques for optimum configuration of in-bound and outbound logistics, principles of postponement in design, processes and logistics, mass customization, global location factors for offices, plants and distribution centers, collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment (CPFR) systems, countering bullwhip effects in supply chains, vendor managed inventory (VMI), strategic alliances and partnering, global purchasing and buyer-supplier relationships, and the complexities of the material, information, and cash flows across international borders. This course supplements MGS 616, which covers e-commerce integration aspects of supply chains.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020
Pre-Requisite: MGO 620.


Spring 2020 (01/27/2020 - 05/09/2020)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11418 S1O LEC R 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 106 Suresh, Nallan Chakravarthy

MGO 680LEC International Strategic Management

A basic understanding of the global business environment is essential to everyone. Understanding the global economy is necessary for all engaged in business and careers regardless of the size or type of business or career endeavor. The class will discuss the strategy of international business issues involved in today's global world. In general, the major topics of global business will be discussed to give students a working vocabulary and basic level of knowledge and skills involved in today's global business. For example, the course will explore the interrelation of government and business across boarders and the economic dynamics between countries/regions, including a general overview of the international monetary system, international trade and foreign direct investment. The main premise of this course is that significant business knowledge and skills are increasingly defined by a complex system of cross border, global transactions. Firms face challenges in staying competitive in a global environment of producers, suppliers, and customers where countries are increasingly opening their borders to trade and investment.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


Fall 2019 (08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
19452 F1O LEC UNSP Online Kim, Kenneth A

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Management Consulting Concentration

Fall Semester

 • MBA Core – 15 credits

Spring Semester

 • MBA Core – 10 credits
 • MBA Electives – 3-6 credits

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Marketing Management Concentration

The Marketing concentration requires four total courses (12 credits), MGM 667, MGM 651 and two electives from the courses listed under the electives tab.

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In addition to the required core and concentration courses, you can take special topic seminars, electives and an independent study in marketing.

Required Courses

MGM 651SEM Consumer Behavior

Pertinent theoretical and empirical findings about the behavior of consumers and industrial and institutional buyers are discussed. Topics include motivation, learning, attitude formation, attitude change, and the relation between attitudes and behavior as applied to buyers. The impact of the electronic environment is also discussed as are innovation and market communication and the social and cultural concepts underlying strategies of market segmentation.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


Fall 2019 (08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12074 F1M SEM MW 2 - 3:20 p.m. Jacobs 110 Lindsey, Charles Daniel

MGM 667LEC Marketing Research

Methods and functions of research in marketing management. Attention given to problems of conceptualization, implementation, and evaluation of research designs and to techniques of analysis of research data.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


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Supply Chains and Operations Management Concentration

Fall Semester

 • MBA Core – 15 credits

Spring Semester

 • MBA Core – 10 credits
 • MBA Electives – 3-6 credits

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